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In the Netherlands, Defence for Children Netherlands is part of two international networks: Defence for Children International and ECPAT International. Defence for Children Netherlands promotes the rights of the child in the Netherlands and worldwide, by providing information on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, investigating violations of these rights and protecting the collective and individual interests of children. Through our Children’s Rights Helpdesk, we provide legal support when children’s rights are (threatened to) be violated and we bring violations to the attention of the public and policymakers.

ECPAT Netherlands was established in 1995 as a coalition of NGOs and in 2003 merged into one organisation with the Dutch section of Defence for Children International. The organization conducts research into the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children, trains professionals and raises awareness through campaigns, e.g. calling upon travellers and tourists to report suspicions of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism at the Don’t Look Away – platform. For more information on the Don’t Look Away campaign, please visit:

Defence for Children – ECPAT Netherlands

Contact: Mirjam Blaak
Phone: +31 71 5160980
Address: Hooglandse Kerkgracht 17g 2312 HS Leiden


The Netherlands is a source, destination and transit country for children subjected to trafficking for sexual purposes. Domestic trafficking for sexual exploitation continues to be the most prevalent type of exploitation in the Netherlands. Offenders of domestic sexual exploitation are relatively young. Research by the National Rapporteur shows that a third is younger than 23 years at the time of committing the crime and that victims often cope with multiple problems simultaneously, including issues in the development phase during puberty, trauma, addiction, psychiatric issues, coping and attachment problems, sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Due to the good internet infrastructure, the Netherlands is one of the top countries from where online child sexual abuse is being hosted. According to the Internet Watch Foundation the Netherlands accounts for 41% of the global hosting of online child sexual abuse materials.


Open Letter: European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Year: 2022

ECPAT International
ECPAT Submission: Public consultation on EU Directive 2011/93/EU on combatting sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children

Year: 2022

Defence for Children – ECPAT the Netherlands
Reluctance to Report Sexual Exploitation of Children Related to Travel and Tourism

Year: 2019

National Police of the Netherlands
Expert Paper – Increased Attention on Transnational Child Sex Offenders

Year: 2016



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